The Inspection Process
The permit inspection process is required by Charles County Government to verify conformance with the several codes and ordinances adopted. The inspections required vary depending upon the type, size, and scope of the project. The number of inspections and types of inspections are contigent upon the demands of the codes and what is discovered during Plan Review. Each permit holder is provided the required number and types of inspections in the permit packet provided them when the permit is approved. Completing the entire inspection process and obtaining the Use & Occupancy Certification are legal responsibilities. Planchek is ready to provide assistance and help with the several aspects of compliance. Call our office.
1. Building Permit References:
CPIS, is a division of Planning & Growth Management. Generic permit information is available there. The requirements and applications for permits are located there.
CPIS publishes Guidelines for many permit types.
The link to that site page is Here.
The Development History of a property and permits associated with the property is located Here.
The Charles County Government's Customer Assistance Guide is available Here.
2. Plan Review
The Permit Application contains construction drawings that must conform to the minimum requirements set forth by Charles County Government. The Permit Plan Review staff examines the drawings for compliance.
A "Status Letter" is issued when a Permit Application or drawings are found non-conforming. The applicant must then amend the design to meet compliance standards.
The Permit is released for inspections once approved by all the requisite departments of Codes, Permits, Inspections Services.
3. Scheduling Inspections
Inspection scheduling may begin once CPIS approves the Permit and enters it into the computer system. Once the Permit is available to Planchek Inspections Specialists, they may begin scheduling inspections.
IMPORTANTLY - The "Order of Inspections" must be followed. Pre-requisite inspections must precede others.
Calling Planchek offices to schedule an inspection assures the permit holder's questions are answered and any other requirements are disclosed.
The inspector can provide an estimate of their arrival time - usually within a 4-hour window.
4. Use & Occupancy Certificate
Once ALL the Final inspections are approved, the inspector will complete and issue an Application for the Use & Occupancy Certificate/U&O. The U&O is the legal document that sanction the "Use and Occupacny" of the dwelling or structure. The Application must be taken to the Permits Office where the open permits are closed and the U&O document issued. This is MANDATORY! Legal problems will arise when, and if, the U&O is not obtained.